How I Make Money With ShoutMeLoud

How Shoutmeloud Makes Money

When I started ShoutMeLoud in 2008, I never thought I would reach a point where blogging would become my primary source of income. In fact, like many others I also thought that any reference to earning money online was a scam.

I was a graduate student holding a B.tech degree in I.T., and looking forward to joining Accenture in 2009. I started blogging as a part-time hobby, and later learned about AdSense and affiliate marketing. You can learn more about how I started as a blogger on my blogging journey page.

In the last couple of months, I have been publishing monthly income reports, just to make people aware of the immense amount of money that is available in the field of blogging. I make almost $8000-9000 per month from all the blogs in my network. One of the most common email queries I get is how ShoutMeLoud makes money. money.

I thought of putting everything on one page so that people could learn something from it and implement the monetization aspect which they are comfortable with. My suggestion is that instead of jumping into all of them at once, you should explore every ad network and every method that I have mentioned one by one, and start from there to build a plan that works for you.

Just to let you know, it took me six years to reach the stage I’m in now. Everything I’ve learned comes from my own experience; I made mistakes and I learned from them. So, don’t just jump on the bandwagon of trying to get rich quickly; rather understand every system individually, and create a solid, reasonable plan from there.

I last updated this article in January 2015, and at the time of that writing, I was running eight blogs actively under the ShoutDreams banner, as well as a few other services which still needed my time and attention.

Currently there are three people who are working on the ShoutMeLoud team. We have multiple blogs in the network (under the ShoutDreams banner), and every blog is monetized using a different method.

My monetization technique for ShoutMeLoud

Affiliate Marketing:

Dreamhost Affiliate Check

As many of us are aware, the maximum potential for making money via a niche blog is through affiliate marketing. Simply stated, you recommend a genuine product on your blog, and when people sign up via your affiliate link, you will be paid a handsome sum.

Affiliate marketing provides a fluctuating income, and you can’t be sure how much you will make with this method at any given time. I’m earning about $4200/month from affiliate marketing at present.

I have published the following posts and information in the past, and I offer them again here to give you additional resources to help you to get started.  I will also list some of the products with which I am affiliated.

Google AdSense:

At this point in time, Google AdSense is making around $600 every month, and it is such a relief to have recurring income from our blog. If you have a blog with decent traffic, you can make good money with Google AdSense.

In fact, if you are a newbie and you are looking forward to starting a blog with the intention of making money, AdSense should be among your priorities. Once Adsense starts making $10-20 daily, it will give you a sense of comfort and confidence, and you can start exploring other monetization opportunities.

BuySellAds:

Buysellads-income

BuySellAds is an advertisement network that helps you to sell ads directly. They work as a middle man, and they keep a percentage (25%) of the money you make by selling ads. I like this system because I don’t need to interact with advertisers directly, and I can cash-out money twice a month.

It’s a popular network for advertisers and publishers. If you have a nice specific blog, you can use BuySellAds to sell all of your entire unsold ad inventory. If you are completely new to BuySellAds, here are a couple of posts that will help you to get started.

Update: I an no longer using BuySellAds myself, but it is still a recommended network for bloggers. I removed it from my marketing plan in 2014, as I got very few direct advertisements.

Direct ad sales:

As mentioned above, I have 8+ blogs running at this moment, and many advertisers contact me directly using a contact form for advertisement opportunities. This is hectic because you have to give details to advertisers as well as a payment method.

Direct advertisements are good because you are saving money by eliminating the middle man. These direct advertisement sales are making me almost $1500 per month.

The key to getting direct advertisements is to add an advertisement page on your blog and give all the necessary details like ad spaces available, ad placement, traffic details and a marketing pitch in whatever form your advertisers can expect. You can see one such example on the ShoutMeLoud advertisement page.

Infolinks:

Infolinks is an In-text advertising program. I was not running it on ShoutMeLoud but added it on few other sutes. It’s making me almost 50$ per month.If you are not into affiliate marketing, you can start with Infolinks here. Recently, I tried Vigilink, which turns out to be a decent platform and in some cases better than Infolinks.

Sponsored reviews:

Somehow I’m not very fond of sponsored reviews, but I keep getting lots of emails for paid reviews. I check the software or product myself, and after that I approve it for review. If the product or service is free, I do the review for free. Otherwise, I charge a nominal fee depending on how much a single license of that software or product would cost.

From paid reviews, I make about $900 per month. Alternatively, you can always ask for a premium product for free testing, and you can write a review and include your affiliate link, which will make more money in the long run.

BlogSpot to WordPress migration Service:

I have been offering BlogSpot to WordPress migration services for a long time, and I have a long list of happy clients who are on WordPress now. One of the unique features that I offer with my service is complimentary SEO service. This service makes almost $500-$800 per month. Read more about BlogSpot to WordPress migration service.

Blog consultancy program:

This is a service that I started last year, and within a short time of its launch I began getting clients for personal consultancy. With this coaching service, I teach about SEO, how to blog for profit, blog marketing plans, social media plans and everything else of interest that I have learned in my four years of blogging experience.  I have been getting good reactions from all the students I have mentored so far, and you can learn about it on my blog consultancy page. I target 15 hours of personal coaching in a month, and charge $249 per hour for now.

I also offered a few other instructional services such as those for WordPress SEO and WordPress theme development, but in time I retired them to bring something better to the table, as the service sector requires a great deal of time, and time is always an issue for a professional blogger. I realized that instead of offering those services for $20-30/hour, I could make the most of my time with blogging consultancy.

Well, these are just a few methods that I use for blog monetization, and there are many more ad networks that I keep trying on my blog network. I continue to play with the latest monetziation methods to make the most out of my online journey. I will keep updating this page with the latest methods I find successful, so make sure you are subscribed to the ShoutMeLoud email newsletter for updates.

I’m sure this will help those who are looking for ways to make huge money from blogging.

Do share your story with us.  How are you making money from blogging?

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a professional blogger. He loves to read & write about Blogging, SEO, WordPress, Make money online & technology. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives more than half a million PV in a month, and is an award winning blog.

COMMENTs ( 124 )

  1. Mr Quan says

    Hi Harsh Agrawal :)
    Y are missing potential income from Google Adsense. I took a look around your whole blog and have just realized that you have not optimized with Google Adsense yet. With more optimal options, you would earn much more than the current little one at the begin of the article.
    – You can use Quick Adsense plugin, and insert one 336×280 (Display ads only) ads somewhere at the middle of the content and one more 728×90 (Display ads only) ads at the end if possible. I personally don’t feel annoyed or distracted since Google ads is friendly and so smart and helpful and your content is absolutely so well.
    You are doing very well anyway. Thank so much for your shares :)

  2. says

    Hi, Harsh Sir!
    I’ve started my blog on WordPress just with a single hope that I would make money with it.
    I can’t say how good I am at SEO but with your inspirations, I look after a year, I’ll be making a good amount. Still have many things to discuss and ask you.
    Please if you can get back to me.
    I left a message via contact form here. Maybe it did not got your attention in the crowd tof thousand mail. Please reply

  3. says

    Hello Mr Harsh Agrawal. I started blogging last year during vacations. Being a medical aspirant, the study load as you know, I worked with my blog for a little more than a month and then stopped. During those days, the main source of visitors was Google+. Now, after my exams got over, I resumed the work. But now I don’t post the link to Google+ communities due to shortage of time (busy over AIPMT answer key leak case), so I got some 68 visitors, all came through Google search. After I get admissions and the college starts, I will again have shortage of time and so the posts will be very less frequent. Similar must be the problem with every student who is an entry-level blogger. So, could you pardon suggest some tips and some advertising options which could successfully generate passive income for students like me. I believe of the question being a good topic for a complete article.

    Krishna Shrestha

  4. says

    Hello Harsh, this post was awesome, i am also thinking of Google Adsense for my Competitive exam blog. Can you tell me that, can i use Google Adsense for Regional language blog like Marathi Language blog.?

  5. vijayavarman says

    very useful informations about blogging to know as a starter , i couldn’t find any other blogs that describes openly about payment policies of adsense ,affiliate marketing and more.thank you for your valuable informations.

  6. ganesh reddy says

    Hallo Hai Harsh! Actually i started a blog at wordpress.com to provide some information to the people. Actually I am a Visually challenged student “Blind”, My main aim is to provide some online works which is not relating to the blogging. However as the wordpress doesn’t allow the adds so i planned to implement PPD “Pay per download”, and also i am working in clickcence, i am expecting just 150$ per month is there any other methods shall i can implement?

  7. Kate Walker says

    Hello Harsh, its really a very useful post for newbie bloggers like me. I m fully dependent on Google Adsene and want to try affiliate marketing :) Thanks for sharing :)

  8. says

    Awesome post! But for all the above earning methods, one should have a awesome blog, which attracts a lot of readers. And this is the main reason why most of people fail to earn.

  9. Jon Page Acabo says

    Hi Harsh,

    I am fascinated by this article. Eventhough I know that affiliate marketing is one of the major tasks to earn in blogging, but how long did it take for you to earn such huge figure? It’s kinda interesting. And how much money did you invest for the first time as beginner?

    I am just curious, I hope you will commend on my queries. Thank you.

  10. kishore says

    Hi,

    I just want to know how you handle this tax handling. You opened a bank account in US or you link paypal and Indianbank account. Paypal money can be transferred to Indian bank account?

    I really learned from you one greatest thing: You can perfectly strike the simplicity now matter how much complex the topic is.

    many thanks great man.God Bless.

  11. pushpam kumar says

    hello harsh,
    i have read a post regarding paypal is returning back the earnings from infolinks,is it not excepting now also or they have turned back

  12. Pritam Nagrale says

    Hi harsh,
    Thank you for sharing exact scenario of blogging and earning money from blogs.Can you please tell me how we can increase traffic by proper SEO??any tips, suggestions would you like to share with us ?

  13. Rachit Gupta says

    My blog gets 1000 unique visits daily. Shall I jump into affiliate marketing, or wait for it to increase.

    • says

      @Rachit You should start affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing in a way is just like using AdSense or any other ad program. You place relevant ads of affiliate products and boom, you wait for that one fine day when sales happen.

  14. Anoop Nasa says

    Hi Harsh,

    I thank you for sharing your blogging journey with me. i am looking forward to becoming a blogger in future. However, there are some hindrances to this as given below. I need your help/guidance to overcome this

    1) I am not a writer myself, should i hire one?
    2) Myself is also from an engineering background, should i hire a designer for designing my blog or do it myself?

    Further, Bluehost is charging Rs.3.95$/mo, then is there any advantage of going with dreamhost which is charging 9.95$/mo. Please confirm.

    I would be thankful to you if you can reply to my above queries as i am stuck in taking decision on above issues.

    Hope to have a reply from u soon.

    Regards

  15. Anshul says

    Hi Harsh,

    Thanks for sharing such a detailed view of your online earnings. Could you please share the head count (team size) also so that we can have more clear picture of income per head count.

    I hope I am not over demanding.

    • says

      @Anshul
      I have been managing ShoutMeLoud alone from last 5 years. Recently (Dec 2013) Sharat joined in as full-time team and I have 1 author Srianth who is working from home.

  16. Zeeshan Shaukat says

    Hi Harsh!!!
    You are Real Inspiration For Newbies Like Me.. I Start My Blogging Career Just Few Month Back Now My Blog Getting 1000+ Uniques Every Day. According To Alexa My Blog Is On 85000 And Also Have Google Pagerank 2.. Now I Really Want To Increase My Blog Traffic If You Share Your Daily SEO Task or Suggest Any Daily SEO Tasks To Drive Traffic To Your Blog . I Will Be Very Thankfull To You.

  17. Oves says

    I found these informations incredible i was planning to start a paid reviews web site but i don’t know really how to start from please suggest me how to start .

  18. Mike says

    You probably have been asked this before but, why don’t you just put the maximum of 3 Adsense ads on your site instead of only having just one adsense unit?. Maybe you could make more with more of adsense and just a couple affliate marketing banners.

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